Challenges Related to Mental Health in the Workplace

  • Carolyn S. Dewa
  • Marc Corbière
  • Marie-José Durand
  • Jennifer Hensel
Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)


Over the past decade, growing attention has been paid to the mental health of workers and its effects on the workplace. For example, the European Ministers of Health have advocated that employers include mental health programs as part of occupational health and safety (World Health Organization, 2005). The Australian Human Rights Commission (2010) acknowledged the need for workplaces to support workers with mental illnesses. Similar interests have taken root in the USA and Canada. In the USA, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (2003) suggested that employment for people with mental illnesses should be a national goal. The Canadian Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (2006) raised prevention, promotion and treatment of mental illness as critical national issues. They identified the workplace as the intersection where “the human and economic dimensions of mental health and mental illness come together most evidently.”


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The authors would like to acknowledge the excellent research assistance provided by Desmond Loong and Caitlin Finney. We would also like to thank Anja Kessler for her superb illustrations. Dr. Dewa gratefully acknowledges the support provided by her Canadian Institutes of Health Research/Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to support research infrastructure and do not reflect their views. Any remaining errors are the sole responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn S. Dewa
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marc Corbière
    • 3
  • Marie-José Durand
    • 4
  • Jennifer Hensel
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Research on Employment and Workplace Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department Centre for Action in Work Disability Prevention and RehabilitationUniversité de SherbrookeLongueuilCanada
  4. 4.Department Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesUniversity of Sherbrooke, Longueuil, Université de SherbrookeLongueuilCanada
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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